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 Post subject: Bushpigs in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:51 pm 
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Bushpig in the KNP have always eluded my glimpses. They are mostly nocturnal but are seen in the day from time to time. I have seen several photographs but never the real deal...(I know that famous wildlife photographer Nigel Dennis has taken some really good photos.)

Rumours have it that the Pafuri region and Biyamiti are good areas to see them.
Are there any comments regarding bushpigs and sightings of them in the KNP?


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My only sighting of bushpig in the KNP was in May of 2003 - a sounder of them were foraging at the 4-way junction barely a kilometer from Skukuza's main gate, just a couple of minutes before the gates closed


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 Post subject: Re: Bushpigs in the KNP
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Wildman wrote:
Bushpig in the KNP have always eluded my glimpses. They are mostly nocturnal but are seen in the day from time to time. I have seen several photographs but never the real deal...(I know that famous wildlife photographer Nigel Dennis has taken some really good photos.)

Rumours have it that the Pafuri region and Biyamiti are good areas to see them.
Are there any comments regarding bushpigs and sightings of them in the KNP?


Seen two together on the Olifants/Letaba River Road... very pretty reddish colour with whittish facial hair.

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Never had the privilage in KNP, but frequently on a farm in the Schoemanskloof area though. But someday....

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They are nocturnal. You will only rarely see them during day time. They also prefer more wooded areas, with plenty of undergrowth to hide in.

So if you want to see them ... take a night drive!

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 Post subject: Night Drive and Nature's Valley
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I agree. I've been on about five night drives in my life, never saw one. The problem with a night drive is one might not see them in their full clarity.
I know the Nature's Valley (Part of Tsitsikamma National Park) has a very healthy, almost menacing population (at night) and often cause trouble around the garbage cans at night; would love to see a completely wild one though, especially in KNP.


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According to my books. It says Bushpig are more common in the Pafuri area (Especially Crooks Corner) & rarely found on the Sabie & Crocodile rivers.


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My only sighting of a bushpig was in September 1997 at Biyamiti. It was just outside the gate at 6.00 am in the morning as we were going out for our early morning drive.


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I recently came back from doing the Eco Training practical in the Makuleke Concession and can tell you that we had some fantastic sightings of bushpig. If I can recall correctly, i had 31 separate sightings in the 28 days I spent there...thats only because there was one male bushpig that is a camp resident. We saw him every night around camp. We also had three other sightings on our drives and walks. They were all seen close to the Limpopo River.

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Hi Anthony,

I did the same course last November and the bushpig wasn't a camp resident then so I didn't see bushpig in the Makuleke :cry: How did you enjoy the course?

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You guys are so lucky... :mrgreen:
I've never ever seen one... :(

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I spotted a Bushpig on the fence at Lower Sabie in July 2006.


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We saw 2 bushpig cross the tar road@ 6;30am this Sept 2006 just after entering Pafuri gate in the Makuleki concession.
Seems like a great area to see them based on what anthony said earlier

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Didn't you take any pics? :(

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Wild about cats wrote:
Didn't you take any pics? :(

No, it was late evening & Bushpig are very aggresive to bright light at night, it was making loud aggresive noises, the best place to photograph them is at Crooks Corner, since Bushpig are very rare, you'll be very lucky to even see one at Crooks Corner.


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